This is a scan of 35mm material held by Prelinger Archives, San Francisco
and thought to be an original 1906 print.
It was scanned by Adrianne Finelli at Internet Archive on October 11, 2018
using IA's Lasergraphics ScanStation scanner set at 5120 x 3840 and scanned to 16fps. Due to Final Cut Pro limitations, this full-width scan is 4096 x 3072 pixels wide and every second frame is doubled for a playback framerate of 24fps.
Archives frequently make full-width scans to show information between the perforations that would normally be missing in a scan cropped to show only the picture area. Black printed-through perforations and other characteristics of the print may also be seen at certain points in the film.
For most people, your best download link will be to the "cropped higher-contrast version." Click "Show all" to see this file.
Anyone may reproduce or reuse this scan.
Please attribute it to its source: Prelinger Archives.
And while we often see deteriorated media from the first decade of the 20th century, much of it actually looks great and was beautifully shot.
November 1, 2018 Subject:
It's very unlikely this is 1906. Look at the number and type of cars. In 1906, the streets would still have been mostly full of horse-drawn vehicles. The cars of that time would have been very rudimentary and few and far between. Furthermore, I believe I see Model T's driving around and they didn't come on the scene until 1908. Therefore, this film probably dates from the early teens. By that time, San Francisco had largely been rebuilt with the masonry, stone facades you see in this film - the wooden buildings having burned in 1906. Finally, the film quality itself is way too good for 1906. Movie-making was likewise in it's infancy - and film of that time are short, poorly exposed. Still in all - interesting and worthy!
October 21, 2018 Subject:
The opening title should reference the Miles Brothers, not the Mills Brothers. The latter was a vocal quartet.